Wynona Leigh McCullough was born to entertain! Her dad, Wayne McCullough, is an Olympic Silver Medalist and WBC World Champion boxer from Ireland so she has been in the spotlight since she was just a few days old. Wynona practically grew up in front of the camera in numerous documentaries and TV shows with her dad.
At 6 years old she watched as he shot a fitness video proclaiming that she wanted to "direct movies" when she grew up and started taking acting lessons landing roles in a couple of independent movies in Las Vegas. But movies weren't the only thing she was interested in. Wynona also loves to sing and dance and has been embarrassed one too many times by her mom and dad when they bring out the home movies from when she was about 2 years old of her singing one of her favorites songs at that time "God Bless America".
Around the age of 9 she began taking vocal lessons and has since been booking festivals and gigs in Nevada and California. Wynona shines on stage whether she's singing or dancing and has begun to make a name for herself on YouTube and is now endorsed by Heyday Footwear. With her dad's connections she is able to meet and has become friends with many athletes and entertainers.
Wynona has been taught to give back and has started attending charity functions and is a pioneer for her dad's charity, giving up part of her allowance and planning fundraisers so he can help out the less fortunate.
Wynona wants to have a career as a singer, dancer and actor but she is not someone who thinks all of this will be handed to her. She is a firm believer in being guided by God and having the career that he has planned for her but she is also a hard worker always learning her craft and is ready for whatever is in store for her life.
Los Angeles City Controller and 2013 Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel knows firsthand what it is like to be the underdog and use hard work and passion to make goals a reality. During her first campaign for City Council many were shocked to see her come from behind in the voting polls and win by slim margins.
Wendy Greuel has made a name for herself in the Los Angeles political scene by hard work and determination. Throughout her career she has been proving people wrong including the media, political insiders, and even her own mother.
Wendy’s family was not particularly political, but they taught her the value of perseverance and good old fashioned hard work. She was raised as a part of her family’s construction supply company. From her humble beginnings in concrete sales she has come all the way to the highest reaches of Los Angeles politics, including her recently-announced 2013 mayoral bid. Today she is helping construct a better city for all.
Wendy Greuel wants you to know that you can also “Prove Them Wrong” if you have the determination and work ethic to make your dreams a reality.
When we interviewed Greuel she answered a few of our questions and shared some advice for anyone considering a career in politics --
1) Many of our readers are young adults, teens, and young kids. Could you tell them exactly what a City Controller does?
Basically, I’m in charge of managing the City’s money, making sure we pay our bills on time, and making sure that taxpayers are protected from waste, fraud, and abuse. A lot of my job is being a watchdog to make sure everything Los Angeles does is transparent and accountable.
2) What was the moment you first decided you wanted to get into government/politics?
When I was a senior in high school, I was the student body President and ended up getting an award from then-Mayor Tom Bradley for Youth Leadership, along with an internship in his office. I didn’t really think about running for office or getting into politics for many years after that, but working with the Mayor really solidified my lifelong interest in government and public service.
3) I understand that prior to your first election you had already worked as an intern for Councilman Joel Wachs and Mayor Tom Bradley. Do you believe this is the best course of action for someone trying to get into government?
There are all kinds of routes to get involved, but getting an internship at City Hall or at a campaign as a young person is a great opportunity to get exposed to politics and find out if it’s something you want to get more involved in. My office has a fairly constant stream of high school and college-age interns, and several of them have gotten jobs in the City as a result of the contacts they made as interns.
4) What did you learn as an intern that prepared you for the work you do today?
The most important thing I learned as an intern, which I still carry with me today, is that good leaders take care of the little things and the big things at the same time. Dealing with potholes or broken street lights is as important a part of good governance as passing a balanced budget or building infrastructure, and you can’t neglect either if you want to get into office and stay there.
5) What was your first election experience like?
Grueling. Pardon the pun… I scraped by in the final election by just 225 votes, which is an incredibly slim margin in a city the size of Los Angeles. Even though I was constantly being written off by political insiders and the media, I just kept working, going to any group that would listen to me and making sure I left no stone unturned. As long as you’re tenacious and driven, I learned that no odds are insurmountable.
9) In what areas did someone tell you to give up...and you proved them wrong?
I think throughout my life I’ve had the opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong, but I think my favorite comes from my mother. By the time I was in my 40s, I was very involved with my career and politics, but was still unmarried and didn’t have any kids. My mom told me that if I kept going with politics, I would never get married. One week later, I met my husband. After our wedding, the local paper printed the headline “Greuel Proves Mom Wrong.”
11) For our readers interested in a career in government and anyone with a dream, what would you tell them is the best strategy for achieving their goals?
I think the key for anyone with a dream is hard work. It gets said all the time, but the fact is the people who ultimately succeed are usually the ones who always go above and beyond what they are required to do. Everything you do is an opportunity to prove your worth, especially in government, so make sure to give 110% all the time and eventually you will be rewarded for your dedication.
Pop-rock singer and pianist Greyson Chance, who’s cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” made him a YouTube sensation, has released his first album yesterday!
Greyson’s new album, “Hold On ‘Til The Night,” features his debut single, “Waiting Outside The Lines,” and his current smash hit, “Unfriend You!”
The music video for “Unfriend You” features Greyson ‘unfriending’ “Victorious” star Ariana Grande, to which Greyson said was “hard to do!”
The video already has over 4 million hits...wow!
Watch it below
On the release of his debut album, Greyson tweeted, “Can't believe the album comes out tomorrow. I dedicate it to all of you. Thank you for supporting #HOTTN, I promise it will not disappoint!”
“Hold On ‘Til The Night” Track List “Waiting Outside the Lines” “Unfriend You” “Home Is In Your Eyes” “Hold On ‘Til The Night” “Heart Like Stone” “Little London Girl” “Cheyenne” “Summertrain” “Stranded” “Take A Look At Me Now”
Disney star Madison Pettis celebrated her 13th birthday over the weekend and it was a celebrity packed event!
The gorgeous “Cory in the House”star arrived at Eden Hollywood with friends that included, 'Big Time Rush' star Savannah Jayde, Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez, and actor/rapper Jaden Smith, 'Shake It Up!' pals Adam Irigoyen and Roshon Fegan, 'Kickin It' stars Alex Christian Jones, Dylan Riley Snyder, Olivia Holt , 'Bucket and Skinner' stars Taylor Gray, Dillon Lane, Ashley Argota, and Tiffany Espensen, as well as pop superstar Cody Simpson, and his sister Alli Simpson!
Cody Simpson serenaded the birthday girl singing “Happy Birthday!”
They enjoyed cupcakes by Sweet E's Bake Shop and then everybody hit the dance floor and danced the night away!
Before the party got started, Madison tweeted her excitement about becoming a teen, “Soooo excited to see all my friends at my birthday bash tonight!!! #celebrate #FinallyATeen.”
The Disney star plans to graduate from college and continue acting.
The Kings of Leon have cancelled the rest of their U.S. tour -- due to health issues of lead singer Caleb Followill.
A rep for the band released a statement saying, "We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followillsuffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band's international tour schedule."
Tickets will be refunded -- and the band will resume touring in Canada on September 28th.
"Twilight" star 19-year-old Taylor Lautner just bought one of the hottest cars on the planet ... worth more than $200,000.
According to TMZ, Taylor walked into an L.A. Mercedes-Benz dealership with his parents last Wednesday ... paid for a silver 2012 SLS AMG -- complete with gullwing doors -- and drove it off the lot that same day.
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